Today’s world is unpredictable and full of contradictions, and navigating its complexities while trying to make the best decisions is far from easy. The Joy of Science presents 8 short lessons on how to unlock the clarity, empowerment, and joy of thinking and living a little more scientifically.
In this brief guide to leading a more rational life, acclaimed physicist Jim Al-Khalili invites readers to engage with the world as scientists have been trained to do. The scientific method has served humankind well in its quest to see things as they really are, and underpinning the scientific method are core principles that can help us all navigate modern life more confidently. Discussing the nature of truth and uncertainty, the role of doubt, the pros and cons of simplification, the value of guarding against bias, the importance of evidence-based thinking, and more, Al-Khalili shows how the powerful ideas at the heart of the scientific method are deeply relevant to the complicated times we live in and the difficult choices we make.
Read this book and discover the joy of science. It will empower you to think more objectively, see through the fog of your own preexisting beliefs, and lead a more fulfilling life.
Jim Al-Khalili CBE FRS is a distinguished professor of physics at the University of Surrey and one of Britain’s best-known science communicators. He is a regular presenter of science documentaries on TV, such as the BAFTA nominated, Chemistry: A Volatile History, and hosts the long-running weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific. He is also a best-selling author of 15 books on popular science and the history of science, between them translated into twenty-six languages. His latest is The Joy of Science. Jim is a past president of the British Science Association and a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal, as well as the Stephen Hawking Medal. He received an OBE in 2007 and a CBE in 2021, both for ‘services to science’. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and lives in Southsea, England.
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